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Archive for August, 2007

Wire Troll: Leave the Rookies for the Rookies

August 31, 2007 | by James Morris | Comments (4)
Aubrey Huff has been on fire this month for the Baltimore Orioles.
If he’s somehow unowned in your league, think about snagging Aubrey Huff. (AP Photo/Aaron Harris, CP)

Well, I am back from the hospital and ready to look at some fantasy baseball. I read last week’s Wire Troll and while Tim did a fine job, I will not ever be looking at September call-ups or writing something that long. Let me say this: rookies are for rookies. If you are picking up a September call-up to help you make the stretch run, then you are in worse shape than you think you are. Most of the time, an end of the season call-up doesn’t really wow the league with his fantasy play. So, with all due respect, September call-ups are the riskiest of the risky picks to make for a playoff run in your league. Here’s who I do like this week:

Aubrey Huff: Not that he is going to be available in a ton of leagues, but, if he is unowned, I’d snatch him up. Huff is batting .354/.418/.695 in August with seven homers and 17 RBI after batting .248 with only six homers in the four previous months. Huff has always been a second-half player, so make sure you have him for the stretch run if nobody else does.

Nate McLouth: I’ve mentioned him before and own him in a few of my leagues, but I still see him available in the ones that I don’t own him in. While his batting average won’t wow you (.264 over the last month), his 22 runs, seven taters, 17 ribbies, and seven stolen bases will help you stay in the game, assuming you have other guys that will keep your BA up.

Jayson Werth: Now, with Shane Victorino back from the DL, I will admit that this is a somewhat risky pick in itself. Werth has certainly played well in Victorino’s absence and he has continued to play well since Victorino returned from the DL. Werth is hitting .403 (29-for-72) with three home runs and 18 RBI in 23 games since August 1. With Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell cemented in place in the Phillies’ outfield already, and Victorino back and playing well, Werth is a very short-term pick-up if you do make it.

Carlos Silva: I, too, like Silva down the stretch as a starting pitcher. Over the past month, Silva has thrown 39 2/3 innings, and put up two wins, 20 strikeouts, with a 2.95 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. If you need a pitcher for the remainder of the season who can get you some quality innings, give Silva a look.

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Fantasy Notes: Shea Hey

August 30, 2007 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Fantasy Notes: Shea Hey
Shea Hillenbrand (28) has had a forgettable year, but he was a difference maker for the Dodgers last night. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) How ironic is it that the Dodgers, who looked dead in the water a couple of weeks ago, have suddenly turned things around and gotten back into the race since picking up Shea […]
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Minor Matters: The Wright Stuff

August 29, 2007 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Don’t expect Met farmhand Mike Nickeas to overtake Russell Martin as the best Canadian-born catcher any time soon. With Mike Mussina struggling and the Yanks forced to give prospect Ian Kennedy a trial, it will interesting to see what happens if the kid fails as well. Perhaps the Pinstripers will turn back to Chase Wright, […]
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Hall of Shame

August 28, 2007 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Bill Hall has been frustrated in his quest to build on his huge 2006 season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Okay, I admit it. I dropped the ball on Bill Hall. Heading into the season, I really liked him as a great fantasy option. I mean, jeez, we were talking about a 35-homer hitter with shortstop […]
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Fantasy Notes: RyHo the Bucco?

August 27, 2007 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Was keeping this sweet booty in Steel City the reason the Pirates turned down a 2004 Ryan Howard-for-Kris Benson offer from the Phillies? I recently read about one of those fascinating trades that never happened; the kind that make you wonder how history would have been altered had things gone differently (a concept that’s been […]
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